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Every duty which we omit obscures some truth which we should have known. At the end of a church service, it is common to share the grace before the congregation is dispersed.
This universally accepted creed was prayed and penned to the Corinthians Church by Apostle Paul thus:
‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.’ – II Corinthians 13:14
Reading this verse under the lens of the Holy Spirit, we see clearly three fountain heads thus:
§ Grace comes from Jesus Christ (Full of grace and truth – John 1:14).
§ The love is of God (Agape; God’s type of love – John 3:16).
§ Fellowship is for the Holy Spirit (He will abide with you and in you – John 14:17).
Besides reciting this verse after a church service, the prayer therein is meant to canopy or provide cover to every member of the congregation until the next meeting. Most times, it is not in the Church building that the grace is needed, but out there in the world: the grace over temptation, the grace to contend the faith, the grace to overcome, the grace to love the unlovable, etc. The Church is fully responsible for her members to know the implications and the applications of the grace we share which comes from Jesus Christ.
According to the Bible, the Law came through Moses, and on its arrival 3,000 souls perished (Exodus 32:28). However, the same Bible gave us the picture of Grace, whose arrival added 3,000 souls to the Church (Acts 2:41). It was on this derivation that Apostle Paul told the Corinthians brethren that, ‘Letters kills, but the Spirit gives life.’ – II Corinthians 3:6
Contrary to what obtained during the era of the Mosaic Law, Apostle Paul prayed the Corinthians to receive grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. This grace manifests in five ways, five being the number of grace.
v The Grace to obey the voice of the Father and to choose to do His will.
v The Grace to stand for the truth. To please God.
v The Grace to influence others into God’s Kingdom.
v The Grace to endure which is the grace to finish.
v The Grace to live for others.
It was on this premix that Apostle Paul counseled Timothy to be strong, courageous and not to faint as regards grace. Hear him:
‘You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.’ – II Timothy 2:1
Like Apostle Paul, the Church should also Coach, Teach, Train and Mentor her members to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Understanding grace from our hearts is of more importance than reciting grace from our minds.
A man that escaped difficulty on his way has no grace like a man that passed through difficulty on his way. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ does not make chickens out of Christians, but makes Champions out of Christians.
When next you finish your Church service and you share the grace, receive strength in grace to rule over your world. You are a champion.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all – Amen.
Preparing the Bride,